Although we won't go as far as to use the word "horrible" to describe quarterback Ryan Nassib's performance thus far in training camp, we certainly wouldn't use the word 'good" either. At best, he's been inconsistent, making impressive throws that show you why the Giants have stuck with him, only to make a series of bad throws or decisions which leaves you scratching your head.
On Friday, it was no different for Nassib, who made an amazing throw on the run, drawing praise from offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo. Unfortunately, that was almost immediately followed up by missing an open Jerrel Jernigan and having the ball sail into the arms of cornerback Charles James II.
"[Sometimes] it's there, sometimes it isn’t. That’s just kind of the way it is," head coach Tom Coughlin said after practice. "He’s had a lot thrown at him. He’s studied; he studied all spring. He does a tremendous job. He did that over the course of the summer. He was in here in the summer in our weight room. He’s learning. He’s progressing."
Despite the obvious inconsistencies, Coughlin has decided to give Nassib a bit longer of a leash than you might expect for a quarterback … or any other play for that matter. But, at least for the time being, Coughlin is focusing on the positives he's seen from Nassib and chalking the rest up to the defense being ahead of where the offense is at this point.
"The defense makes a play, the offense makes a play. It kind of goes back and forth and that’s to be expected, really," Coughlin added. "Like you said over here, the defense normally at this point makes a few more plays."
To be fair to Nassib, both Eli Manning and Curtis Painter have struggled at times throughout the offseason workout program and now training camp, but then again, the spotlight is not on either of them. The same cannot be said for Nassib, who needs to show some significant improvement throughout the preseason in order for the Giants to justify keeping him. And if he can't, General Manager Jerry Reese had better prepared for what's to come after spending 2013 fourth-round pick on the Syracuse product.
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